50 West High Street ¦ Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 884-4705
Fax: (518) 884-4780
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
The primary duty of the Saratoga County Planning Department is assisting the county’s 19 towns, 2 cities, and 9 villages in the administration of their land-use ordinances as effectively as possible. The Planning Department and Planning Board always strive to strike a balance between the interests of the public and the rights of private property owners. One of its primary roles is to provide technical assistance in the area of planning and zoning to local legislative boards, planning and zoning boards of appeals and building inspectors, attorneys and planners involved in the land development process.
Under General Municipal Law Section 239, the county planning board has jurisdictional review of subdivisions and zoning actions that are located within 500 feet of state or county right-of-way, municipal boundary, or located in an agricultural district. In its review the county planning board must, by law, consider the compatibility of various land uses with one another; the effect of traffic generation on other land uses; the adequacy of existing and proposed thoroughfare facilities; impact of proposed land uses on existing and proposed private or municipal uses. The protection of community appearance and character, as regards to predominant land uses, population density, and the relation between residential and non-residential areas is also considered. Another important responsibility is the review of official development policies as may be expressed through comprehensive plans, capital programs, or regulatory measures.
Saratoga County Planning Board
- Tom L. Lewis, Chairman
- Devin Dal Pos
- Donald McPherson
- Ian Murray
- Marcia E. Murray
- Edwin Vopelak
- Connie Wood
What land use actions should be referred?
- Adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan
- Adoption of amendment of a zoning ordinance or law
- Issuance of special use permits
- Approval of site places
- Granting of use or area variances
- Proposed subdivision plats
- Other authorization which a referring body may issue under the provisions of any zoning ordinance or local law
Under what circumstances does a planning action need to be referred?
A proposed action is subject to review if the real property is within 500 feet of the following:
- The boundary of any city, village or town.
- The boundary of any existing or proposed county or state park or any other recreation area.
- The right-of-way of any existing or proposed county or state parkway, thruway, expressway, road, or highway.
- The existing of proposed right-of-way of any stream or drainage channel owned by the county or for which the county has established channel lines.
- The existing or proposed boundary of any county or state owned land on which a public building or institution is situated.
- The boundary of a farm operation located in an agricultural district, as defined by Article 25-AA of Agriculture and Markets Law.
The Saratoga County Planning Board meets on the third Thursday of every month. Please contact the County Planning Department with any questions you may have regarding referrals.
Annual Planning Conference and Training
Each year the Saratoga County Planning Department holds its Planning and Zoning Conference. What began as a half-day session in 2005 with roughly 200 attendees, has transpired into a full day session with 16 course offerings which brings in approximately 525 registrants from numerous counties. For information on past course offerings, conference materials, registration forms, and sponsorship opportunities, click on the link below. The County Planning Department also holds several planning and zoning courses for individual planning and zoning boards within Saratoga County throughout the year.
Geographic Information Systems
The Planning Department hired a full-time GIS Technician in January of 2008 to assist Saratoga County’s departments and municipalities with various mapping and archiving needs. Through this endeavor the planning department has been able to assist with the county’s E-911 system, election district and polling sites, environmental site planning, farmland and open space planning, snowmobile trail mapping, unique land-use planning, distribution of GIS data for educational purposes, and miscellaneous mapping and analysis of geographic relevance. In addition to the Planning Department’s GIS repository which houses many unique datasets; the county employs and interactive GIS application via the internet which can be accessed here: Saratoga County Online Map Viewer.
Saratoga County Farmland and Open Space Program
In 2003, the county enacted the farmland and open space program. The planning department works with a committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review applications and administer the program. This program has preserved several thousand acres of farmland and open space since its inception.
Snowmobile Grants Program
Since 1996, the planning department has applied for and received funding from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for trail designation and funding to operate as part of the NYS Snowmobile Trail System. The Saratoga County Association of Snowmobile Clubs is comprised of six clubs and covers more than 180 miles of groomed trails.
Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency
The Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency is a public benefit corporation created in 1971 to promote, develop, encourage, and assist in the construction, expansion, and equipping of economically sound industrial and commercial facilities in order to advance the job opportunities, general prosperity, and economic welfare of the citizens of Saratoga County. In conjunction with the appointed CEO, the Saratoga County planning department provides full-time staff for the daily operations of the IDA. To visit the IDA website, click here: Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.
Additional Information/Files to Download
- Saratoga County Green Infrastructure Plan
- Saratoga County Trails Initiative
- Farmland Conservation Presentation 2018
- 2019 Saratoga County Trails Application
- 19-20 303-b Ag District Inclusion Form Fillable
- NYS Department of State
- Capital District Regional Planning Commission
- Capital District Transportation Authority
- Intermunicipal Stormwater Program
- New York Planning Federation
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
- NYS Department of Health
- Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency
- Saratoga County Online Map Viewer
- Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership
- 2020 Saratoga County Planning and Zoning Conference Registration Form
- 100 Acre Wood Trail System
- Kalabus-Perry Trail Map
- Louden Trail Map
- Saratoga County Snowmobile Map
- SCPB Referral Form
- STEP NYSERDA Trail Map
- Edie/Bullard Road Trail
- Zim Smith Trail Map
- Green Infrastructure Plan Exec. Summary
- LFTC Trail System Flyer
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